Ford CEO Jim Farley gained the historic endurance race at the Road Atlanta Grand Prix hosted by the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association on Sunday.
“Gotta love an auto CEO who competes available in the market and at the monitor!” tweeted Mike Levine, Ford North America product communications supervisor.
Farley, 58, raced his beloved darkish inexperienced 1978 Lola T298.
Not solely did Farley win the Enduro race however he additionally set the perfect lap time at 1:25.592 and the session’s highest pace at 106.832 mph, confirmed Pam Shatraw, editor of SpeedTour Quarterly journal.
The Enduro lasted 70 minutes with one pit cease, and included 13 groups, she mentioned Sunday.
“This was the final endurance race of the SVRA 2020 season,” Shatraw mentioned. “Congratulations to Jim for going out on prime. In classic racing, you do not win money. He was awarded a medal and a bottle of champagne on the rostrum. This is about exceeding your private greatest.”
The response to images posted by Levine on Twitter was rapid and celebratory.
“Racing is within the Ford DNA,” tweeted Mack Murphy @MackFordFan98.
“Alright that’s superior. I by no means thought I’d comply with a Ford CEO on Twitter however it’s 2020 in any case,” tweeted @iain_b.
“So cool,” tweeted Trevor Hale @BhamBjing
Farley raced in Atlanta on each Saturday and Sunday.
“So a lot for all of the individuals who say, ‘What is he doing spending all his time on a race monitor when he must be spending his time working an organization, blah blah blah,’ ” mentioned Jean Jennings, co-founder and former editor-in-chief of Automobile Magazine, who has herself spent a number of time on the racetrack.
“The guys who’re deeply keen about vehicles and racing, these are the fellows who’re going to avoid wasting the automobile corporations. Farley is that man. He is one thing else. He’s so genuine. People relate to him as a result of he is actual,” she mentioned Sunday.
John McElroy, host of “Autoline After Hours” and a veteran business observer, referred to as the Farley win “spectacular.”
“It’s nice to see an govt so keen about their business they wish to exit and race the sorts of merchandise that they make,” McElroy mentioned. “The proven fact that he gained this race exhibits he is truly fairly good, versus being a kind of wannabe guys who brags to their associates and is at all times at the again of the pack.”
Tripp Tracy, Farley’s cousin, mentioned the auto govt hasn’t responded to texts since Friday and this explains why.
“It’s not like him to go darkish,” mentioned Tracy, a coloration commentator for the Carolina Hurricanes who’s dwelling in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan whereas the NHL navigates the pandemic. “Jimmy has been totally centered on the race and the execution. He’s been like a covert Navy SEAL this weekend.”
The SVRA web site described the 2020 Road Atlanta Grand Prix in Braselton, Georgia as a “distinctive mixture of fast sweeping corners, fast esses, off-camber turns, elevation adjustments and high-speed straights.”
Aaron Creed, public relations coordinator for the Super Cup Stock Car Series, posted a photograph of Farley on the monitor within the traditional race automobile marked with the No. 98 on the aspect.
James D. “Jim” Farley Jr., has by no means been a senior govt who hangs out at the yacht membership sipping martinis.
A buddy who liked racing left Farley a classic automobile 20 years in the past after securing his promise to drive it. So Farley took classes and now travels the world competing. He says there’s nothing like driving the Le Mans monitor in France at 2 a.m. within the rain.
“Properly tuned, my 1965 GT40 goes over 200 mph,” he instructed the Free Press in 2019. “When I get out of the automobile after an extended arduous race, you are feeling so calm and relaxed. It’s my yoga.”
His ardour for racing classic vehicles is properly established
On Sunday, Farley gave his profitable medal to his crew chief.
Neither of them may very well be instantly reached for remark.
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